Opinion Pieces

No, Australia Has Not Peaked. Our Best Generation Is Here Now.

25 July 2021

This opinion piece co-authored by Andrew Charlton was first published in the The Guardian on Sunday, 25 July 2021.

When we started writing this piece, Brisbane was in lockdown. By the time we finished, Sydney, Victoria and South Australia were as well. Millions of Australians have already spent chunks of the last 18 months concerned for their jobs or their business, navigating the new world of remote learning and wearing the emotional strain of being cut off from the comfort of loved ones and familiar routines.

Thank You WA For All You Have Done To Keep Australia Going

16 July 2021

This opinion piece was first published in the West Australian

This is a thank you note to the workers and industries of Western Australia. Because without you, Australia’s recession would have been worse and our recovery would be so much weaker. 

Intergenerational Report: Our Standard Of Living Will Drop Without Action

29 June 2021

Originally published by The Australian

This Intergenerational Report paints a disturbing picture of an economy smaller than expected, growing slower than before and saddled with at least four more decades of debt and deficits.

Intergenerational Report Must Think Big On Reform

21 June 2021

Originally published by The Australian Financial Review.

The strong and welcome jobs numbers released last week were a tribute to Australians who have overwhelmingly done the right thing by each other to limit the spread of COVID-19.

First-Rate Economic Recovery Depends On Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Quality

19 April 2021

Originally published by The Australian

The credit for last week’s jobs figures and Australia’s performance during the pandemic and its aftermath belongs to our people, who have done an outstanding job limiting the spread of the virus. But by bungling the vaccine rollout their federal government risks squandering the momentum and opportunities that flow from that achievement.

COVID-19 Mission Isn't Over Until The Economy Delivers For All

29 January 2021

Originally published by The Australian

On the first day of May 2003, barely six weeks after the Americans entered Iraq, George W Bush stood on the decks of an aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, dwarfed by an enormous banner that read “Mission Accomplished”.

Bounce Back No Excuse to Rack Fiscal Cue

24 November 2020

Originally published by the Australian Financial Review.

On paper, the economy is expected to return to growth in the September and December quarters, but off an incredibly low base. While a return to growth is obviously necessary and welcome, this won’t be enough to undo the lasting damage that’s been done to the economy and the labour market so far this year.

Early Turnout Suggests Choice is Clear For Many

22 October 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

This week, many thousands of Queenslanders eschewed the time-honoured Australian tradition of queueing in the hot election-day sun – a flurry of political paraphernalia in one hand, democracy sausage in the other – to cast their vote for the next Queensland government in pre-poll stations across the state.

Level-Headed Leadership or Politics before People

15 October 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

A week before the Federal Budget I was in a Cairns coffee shop listening to Troy, a local business owner and employer, despair about Scott Morrison and the Federal LNP’s decision to start unwinding their support in the local economy.

The Choice is Between a Vote for Stability or a Coalition of Chaos

08 October 2020

Originally published by InQueensland.

There is rarely a single thing that turns an election; infrequently one defining insight into our leaders.  Campaigns are won on the accumulation of effort and perceptions building towards the decision voters make in a cramped cardboard booth holding a little stubby pencil.